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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hump Day HUMPs -- Bump and Run




Jessie had had every intention of at least making it inside the house before he took Willa the first time, but if she kept this up, there was no way that was going to happen. She might have been wary and reserved at first, but she’d obviously changed her mind because she was just as aggressive as he was now.
Backing her against the little sports car, Jessie urged her up on the hood, wedging his hips between her thighs so he could grind his erection between her legs where he wanted to bury himself in the worst way. She cried out. He swallowed her screams.
Willa wrapped her legs around him, digging the heels of her boots into his ass as she rocked against him. Her lips trembled beneath his as he continued to kiss her with long, open-mouthed kisses, flicking his tongue against hers as he delved inside her mouth over and over.
“Ah, that’s it, baby. Come for me. Right here. Out in the open. Come for me!”
As if she’d only been waiting for his command, Willa’s body stiffened against him, her legs clamping tightly around him as she shuddered before finally throwing her head back, screaming to the night. Jessie had to use every ounce of willpower he had to keep from spilling in his pants. Knowing she was so responsive, that she was enjoying herself this much was a heady feeling for him. Though he’d had his share of women in the past, none of them had been this into sex. It was as if all he’d ever done before was satisfy his own needs. Now, he was satisfying the one woman he’d decided to keep. And it was erotic as fuck!



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Monday, January 16, 2017

Tasty Tuesday Excerpts and More!

 Boilermaker Tailgate Chili

from AllRecipes.com



Ingredients

2 h 30 m 12 servings 600 cals
2 pounds ground beef chuck
1 pound bulk Italian sausage
3 (15 ounce) cans chili beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can chili beans in spicy sauce
2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 green chile peppers, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon bacon bits
4 cubes beef bouillon
1/2 cup beer
1/4 cup chili powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco™)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 (10.5 ounce) bag corn chips such as Fritos®
1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese


Directions

Heat a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Crumble the ground chuck and sausage into the hot pan, and cook until evenly browned. Drain off excess grease.

Pour in the chili beans, spicy chili beans, diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Add the onion, celery, green and red bell peppers, chile peppers, bacon bits, bouillon, and beer. Season with chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, oregano, cumin, hot pepper sauce, basil, salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika, and sugar. Stir to blend, then cover and simmer over low heat for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

After 2 hours, taste, and adjust salt, pepper, and chili powder if necessary. The longer the chili simmers, the better it will taste. Remove from heat and serve, or refrigerate, and serve the next day.

To serve, ladle into bowls, and top with corn chips and shredded Cheddar cheese.

THE EXCERPT!

What better to go with tailgate chili than FOOTBALL?


Bump and Run 

COMING SOON!

As she approached her car, she saw the silhouette of a man leaning casually against the side as if he owned the vehicle. She slowed, wondering if she should go back into the stadium. Surely one of the guys would still be inside. Note to self: have one of the guys escort her to her car after dark from now on.
“I’d about given up on you.” The familiar voice of Jessie Wymann slid over her like warm honey.
“You nearly gave me a heart attack, Jessie! What are you doing here?”
“Waiting on you.” He stood, his full height for the first time a little imposing. God, he smelled good! Even from a distance the intoxicating scent of clean man overwhelmed her good sense. All she wanted to do was cross the scant distance and wrap her body around his until she melted into him.
She swallowed. “On me?”
“Who else would I be waiting on?”
“I suppose any woman within a hundred-mile radius? It’s not like you’re starved for company.”
His deep chuckle made her stomach do a little flip and, to her utter astonishment, her sex clenched in want. “Well, they’re not here. But you are.” He reached out a hand to her. “Come with me, Willa.”
There were a million reasons why this was a very bad idea, not the least of which was her internship with the team. If it was found out she was fraternizing with the players, she’d be kicked out of the program for sure. Unfortunately, she found herself stepping toward him, taking his hand, and going with him to his car.
He opened the door and held her hand until she was inside. As she fastened her seatbelt, he shut the door before walking to his side and getting in. Starting the engine of the sleek sports car he said, “Are you afraid?”
Was she? “Should I be?”
Waiting until she turned to him, Jessie said, “Absolutely. I’m a dangerous man on and off the field.”
Willa fought a grin, but lost. “I’m not afraid of you that way. I’m a psychologist, remember? You’d never hurt me physically.”
“You’re right about that. But I might chain you to my bed and never let you out. I might stroke that little body of yours every night. Every day. Fuck you whenever the mood strikes me, and I have a feeling that would be quite often.” That really shouldn’t have excited her. He moved closer to her with every word. Slowly. Like a predator stalking prey. “Ahhh. I think you like that idea.”
Before she could respond, he cupped her face with one of his big, calloused hands, steadying her for his kiss. Just like she’d expected, he wasn’t fierce, but gentle, even tender in his taking. Coaxing her lips apart, Jessie slid his tongue between them to lick and stroke her own. He didn’t do too much, didn’t take more than she was ready to give at the moment, but that kiss… God, the man could kiss! If it had been designed to gentle her, to soften her for whatever blow was to come later, it was working. He effectively gave her a taste of what he wanted to do to her, not showing his hand but giving her maddening glimpses as his tongue expertly petted her own until she was panting and her sex was clenching in anticipation.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Hump Day HUMPs -- Get your sexy on!



“So,” he said when they’d sat on the couch after finishing in the kitchen. “In this fictional world of yours where we’re getting to know each other, what do we do?” Max injected as much sarcasm as possible, needing to get a grip on the situation quickly..
“We could watch TV,” she said with a shrug. “Any programs you favor?”
He smirked. “I don’t watch TV. I get my news on my phone on the way to work and anything else is meaningless drivel. Try again.”
Zeta pursed her lips but continued undaunted. “Movies, then.”
“Strike two.”
“Meaningless drivel,” she muttered.
“Exactly.”
“Fine,” she said, crossing her arms over her chest. “There has to be some kind of music you like. Maybe something to relax by.”
Max started to shoot her down again, but something stopped him. Why not humor her? Few women fascinated him the way Zeta did. For that alone she deserved a little of his time.
“I like the piano.” He gestured toward the corner. “The sound…soothes me.” The admission was harder than he’d thought. He didn’t like admitting to weakness, and telling her he liked piano music seemed to be divulging one.
Lips parted on a breath, Zeta gave him a startled look. “What’s your favorite?”
He shrugged. “I just like the sound of the instrument. I suppose it depends on my mood.”
“I suppose it does,” she said. Her eyes drifted toward the piano. The glossy white instrument was spotlighted with soft lighting by design, but moonlight from the clear night sky filtered through the glass like a beacon. When she got up and moved in that graceful way she had to sit at the keyboard, Maximilian found himself holding his breath. He wasn’t exactly sure what he’d expected in that moment, but the skill and comfort with which she played certainly wasn’t it.
Like she might caress a lover, her fingers stroked the keys with a delicate touch. The light, airy “Clair de lune” sang out with a rich sound from the piano he’d added to the room as an afterthought. Had he been listening to a professional recording, Max doubted the music would have been more pleasing. For several moments, he just sat there, stunned at the treasure he had in his home.
For a long while, he didn’t move, scarcely breathed for fear that, if he did, the spell she wove would be shattered. The complex and intricate, deft movements of her fingers astounded him. The quality of her playing was a surprise he had never seen coming. When he finally stood and moved toward her, he continued to watch in fascination as she lost herself in the music, her body swaying hypnotically as she played, her fingers, hands, and wrists moving in fluid motions that seemed to be a dance to the song she played.
Unable to help himself, Maximilian closed his eyes and drifted on the tranquil lake she conjured. Moonlight reflected on nearly still waters, the merest ripple disturbing the smooth surface. He could almost see the wind dispel the moon’s image as the notes swelled and her fingers danced over the keys, the water rippling beneath her touch as much as the wind’s. The beauty she created astounded him, took him to a place of perfect peace and tranquility he’d never thought to see.
The movement was only five minutes long, but Maximilian felt as if he’d run a marathon by the time her fingers parted from the ivory. And his cock was as hard as iron. Who’d have thought simply listening to a woman play the piano could be so arousing?
As her hand lifted from the last chord, she looked up at him, a surprised look on her face when she met his gaze, as if she hadn’t heard him approach. Without letting her drop her hand, he took it in his own, tugging her to her feet. Her eyes wide with shock and lingering emotion from her passionate recitation, Zeta let her hands settled on his chest while his arms circled her like a steel band.

With infinite care, giving her time to pull away, Max descended on her mouth slowly until his lips touched hers. He tasted passion on her breath, the silvery glow from the moon making the skin on her face gleam before his eyes drifted shut and Max lost himself in that kiss.



Wednesday, January 4, 2017




First Hump of the new year! Here's hoping 2017 will be much better than 2016!

Lying there with Tawni nestled against him felt more right than anything Sebastian had felt in a long time. True, Nicholas was with them and she was snuggled against him as tightly as she was against Sebastian, but it still felt like it was meant to be. Sebastian did everything he could to keep from hurting Tawni while still touching her. Giving up the contact with her smooth, soft skin was unacceptable unless she wished it. So far, she hadn’t done more than offer token protests. Mostly because Sebastian was sure she was embarrassed.
No one spoke while she cried silently. No one moved. It broke Sebastian’s heart to hear it, but he knew she needed to get it out. At length, she sniffled several times but stopped crying. Shortly after that, Tawni stilled. She hadn’t fallen asleep, but seemed to have calmed, resting in their arms. It felt so good, Sebastian began to drift, awash in Tawni’s sweet, honeyed scent. Just as Sebastian was about to fall sleep, Tawni spoke.
“Why this? Why are the two of you in this bed with me?”
“You want us gone?” Niko’s question had Sebastian wanting to rail in protest. He didn’t want to leave. Was the man nuts?
“I didn’t say that,” Tawni answered. “I just…don’t you think this is rather…intimate?”
“It is,” Niko agreed. “I suggest you get used to it, because you will be with one or more of us each night. The only reason Wyatt and Grayson aren’t here is because I need them keeping an eye out for your”—he cleared his throat before finishing—“Dom.”
“Are you going to hurt him?”
“In ways even he can’t imagine. But that will come later. Right now, I just want you to rest. Once Sebastian deems your injuries have healed sufficiently, we have plans for you.”
Sebastian felt her body quiver at Niko’s words. Hell, his own body stirred. He’d been in a state of semi-arousal for hours, but the mention of what would come later had him rock hard in an instant.
“Oh, God,” Tawni whispered, sweat erupting over her skin in a light sheen. It was nearly Sebastian’s undoing.
“I think she likes that idea, Niko. Care to elaborate so she knows exactly what she’s in for?”
“Oh, I think she knows,” Niko rumbled. “She’s got her thigh against one of the things I intend to use on her. I’m guessing her hip is mashed against something you plan to use. And there are two more team members who wouldn’t want to be left out.”
“Good point,” Sebastian mused, flexing his hips so he rubbed against Tawni, letting her feel his need for her. Even through his jeans, the heat of her skin seemed to burn him. “I wonder if she’s as turned on as we are?”
Sebastian let his hand slid back to her hip, caressing the silky flesh there. His hand wandered up her side to just below her breast and back, never straying into forbidden territory, yet staking his claim all the same. Niko rubbed his face against her forehead, skimming his lips over her skin until she turned her face up to his.
“Do you want me to kiss you, Tawni?” Niko’s voice was a seductive, husky whisper against Tawni’s lips. So this was how it would be. Sebastian could live with this. Surprisingly, he was relieved at the way Niko had taken over this situation. It couldn’t be more perfect. If Tawni was willing, she’d have four strong, capable men ready and able to protect and love her.
When Tawni nodded her head, Niko shook his. “Oh, no. You have to say it. Tell me what you want.”
There was a beat of silence. Sebastian could hear her swallow. There was no doubt she realized as well as Sebastian did the significance of this moment. If she did this, it would change the relationship of the entire team.
“Yes, Nicholas. I want you to kiss me.” When he moved to close the gap, she stayed him with a hand on his chest, her head moving away from him slightly. “But understand something. I’ll never beg for anything again.” Her voice shook, as did her body, her breaths coming in short pants. “I’m done begging for things I want or don’t want.”
“No one asked you to beg, sweet. Never. I just want you to go into this with your eyes open. I never want to push you into anything. This is all your choice. All you have to do is tell me—tell us—what you want.”
“Then kiss me, Nicholas. I need it so much!”

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Demise of All Romance eBooks

I've been trying to process this whole All Romance closing thing. I tried really hard to feel bad as I was reading the e-mail telling me they were closing at the end of the year (3 days away at the time of the letter.) I mean, here is a woman (or group of women) who have worked for years to make the company successful. As much as my books are my babies, this company was theirs. So yeah. I tried to feel sorry for them. Tried to put myself in their situation. Tried to feel the pain, as it were. Even when I first read the terms they were proposing for a settlement (10 cents on the dollar.) I tried. For all of 10 minutes (figured I'd give them that since they were willing to give me 10% of what they owed me.)

So, then I thought. No. this isn't OK. It's really not OK! And I can't imagine WHY ARe would think it is. I suppose one could choose to look at it as, "Hey. At least they're paying something." But then I see they are still advertising on their Facebook page. They have made no effort to clarify their terms regarding pre-orders (I feel bad about this particularly because I talked Margaret Riley into putting Changeling books up for pre-order several months back,) and are apparently making no effort to return readers gift card money (I suppose those people are just shit out of luck) and companies -- like Changeling and Loose Id, companies that have been around for a very long time -- that have several hundred (or thousand) titles at ARe stand to lose a great deal of money.

So, no. I don't feel bad for them. If they were paying what they owed authors, then yes. I'd feel bad. Sure, they have bills. I get that. They had the right to sell something from their sight to people I personally would never have been able to reach as an self published author and I made money from them for YEARS. Yes. I'm grateful. More grateful than I can express. However. None of this gives them the right to take three months of my income. They have an agreed upon day of the quarter THEY set as pay day (45 days after the end of the calendar quarter.) It's kind of like, when you go out for lunch and your buddy wants something too. He gives you $10 to pay for his and expects change. Do you use his change to pay for your food without asking him? Not if you want to keep your friend. Sure, he might be ok with you using his change, since you're going out and all, but you ASK him if he's OK with that.

So, let's forget about non payment for a moment. Or, at least, let's forget about 4th quarter until the 27th of December. Because the site is still open, still selling titles (that haven't been deactivated) and their Facebook page is still posting sales and such... really? I get that some people schedule posts, but given they know they're closing, is there no one capable of shutting all that down? They may not be actually selling anything, may not be actually collecting any money, but perception is everything. And this from an author! (Lori James, the owner of All Romance eBooks also writes as Samantha Somersby... no, you won't find her work on Amazon -- other than the print versions that can't be taken down -- because the digital versions have been removed, so you can't leave reviews on titles you've already purchased.)

I'd say 10% is better than nothing, but I just don't feel like accepting that. I work too hard to settle for a fraction of what I earned. But i suppose with so many companies going under, it's become acceptable to stiff authors, people you've done business with for years. After all, we live in our imagination for a living. I guess I can just imagine getting paid. It'll be great fun. *insert eye roll*

I will say this. If anyone is unable to back up any of my self published books, if you forward me a receipt or a screenshot of your library (that I can varify from the said screenshot is you) I will gladly replace your book. I can't promise my Changeling Press titles or any books I had with Shara Azod, LLC, but I can promise I will try to compensate you for them. You can contact me at mkarland@gmail.com if you need this service.

You can read more details about the closing here.

Teeka